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Taurus Dream returns to New York

on 01/03/2008 12:00 AM
Taurus Dream, a two-time New York Sires Stakes champion, returns to the Empire State in 2008 to stand at Sun E Hill Farm in Champlain.   From his first small crop to race, Taurus Dream is already the sire of Val Taurus 3, 1:53.2s ($361,688), winner of 16 of 18 starts in his two seasons at the races. Donato Hanover is the only horse to defeat Val Taurus.   Taurus Dream also sired su...
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Brooks released from jail, sent to guarded confinement

on 01/03/2008 12:00 AM
Standardbred owner David Brooks, arrested last October on several charges, including securities and tax fraud, was released from prison Thursday by a New York federal judge and sent to home confinement as he awaits trial. Brooks, the owner of such horses as 2004 Little Brown Jug winner Timesareachanging, Grinfromeartoear, I Am A Fool and Western Terror, was accused of stealing nearly $20...
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Master Pine hoping to master the Big M

on 01/03/2008 12:00 AM
Five-year-old trotter Master Pine has battled past gastric and respiratory ailments to become a contender in the open ranks and he returns to the Meadowlands in Friday night’s $46,500 fifth race, where he will try to prove to trainer Josh Green that he is ready to embark on a major stakes campaign.   Master Pine won nine races and $154,606 last season. Owned by Mark Moger of New...
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Stonebridge Kisses scores in Mares Open

on 01/02/2008 12:00 AM
Martin Scharf\'s Stonebridge Kisses, a 12-time winner in 2007, kicked off the new year with a 1:52.3 victory in the $26,000 Mares Open Pace on Tuesday at Dover Downs. With Eric Goodell in the bike, Stonebridge Kisses moved early to get the lead in front of the grandstand and then bid adieu to five followers to win the distaff feature by two lengths. Nidya A, driven by Tim Tetrick, proved ...
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Pass me the mustard please, at Pompano

on 01/02/2008 12:00 AM
Jim McDonald’s Dontpassdamustard captured the seventh edition of the Midnight Mile at Pompano Park, bridging 2007 and 2008 with a winning mile clocked in 1:55.3 to prevail in the $4,500 claiming pace on New Year\'s Eve.   Starting from post six at precisely 11:59 p.m. (EST) with Brad Hanners at the controls, Dontpassdamustard was content to spend the final moments of his 5-year-old ...
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Clowns Smile wins Woodbine series finale

on 12/30/2007 12:00 AM
Clowns Smile was all business Saturday night, posting a sharp 1:52.4 win in the $43,000(C) Valedictory Series final for 3-year-old colt gelding pacers at Woodbine Racetrack. The round-one winner was defeated by Mr. Saratoga in last week\'s second leg in his first start for new trainer Casie Coleman, but turned the tables on that rival tonight with a strong first-over effort to score by 1 1/2 lengt...
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Hop Sing wins first-ever at Yonkers

on 12/30/2007 12:00 AM
It took Hop Sing 100 career starts--not to mention nearly $900,000 in career earnings--to get his first-ever picture taken at Yonkers Raceway, and he did so Saturday night, gutting it out as the odds-on fasvorite in the $30,000 Open Handicap Pace. With Eric Goodell driving for Team Annunziata--owner Richard and trainer Ettore--the 6-year-old The Panderosa gelding left the high-end claimers ...
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Madhi breaks Pompano mark for 3-year-old pacers

on 12/30/2007 12:00 AM
Mahdi set the Pompano Park track record for a 3-year-old gelded pacer on Saturday when prevailing in the $6,500 non-winners pace in 1:51.1 to top the previous mark of 1:51.3 set by Spin Mogul on Aug. 3,  2002. Guided from post two by Anthony Napolitano, Mahdi was content to settle in fourth place through the early stages of the race as Sopando (Kevin Wallis) showed the way throu...
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The Macy\'s parade pales to Yonkers\' longshot parade

on 12/28/2007 12:00 AM
The season-ending driving colony at Yonkers Raceway might look a bit different, but those who invested in the invaders Thursday night were handsomely rewarded. In fact, those who found any of the 10 winners were paid, as the average win mutuel was a healthy $22.92 as not a single wagering favorite won. Four of the evening\'s 10 races were won by \"regulars\"--two by Pat Berry, one each by Greg G...
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Ryan Anderson out six months

on 12/28/2007 12:00 AM
Ryan Anderson, who was injured in a nasty spill in last Sunday’s first race at Balmoral Park, is expected to be out of action for up to six months after suffering a broken femur as well as cuts and bruises.    The 27-year-old reinsman, who was second in the Balmoral Park driver standings, underwent more than four hours of surgery at Olympia Fields Medical Center on Dec. 24 to repair...
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David Siegel named Amateur Driver of the Year

on 12/28/2007 12:00 AM
Since 1994, committee fronted by the president of the U.S. Harness Writers Association and the president of the Delvin Miller Amateur Drivers Association along with the president of the North American Amateur Drivers Association has chosen the most outstanding amateur driver of the year. After reviewing countless statistics and considering what the individuals do, and have done, to ...
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Kentuckiana named 2007 NJ Breeder of the Year

on 12/28/2007 12:00 AM
A quarter of all the 2007 divisional champions in harness racing were the product of the Kentuckiana Farms General Partnership and its founder, Tom Crouch. Hence, Kentuckiana Farms has been named the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey’s Breeder of the Year. Kentuckiana, established in 1975 by Tom and Betty Crouch on 1,400 acres in Fayette County in Kentucky,...
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Del MacTavish dies

on 12/28/2007 12:00 AM
Veteran Canadian horseman Del MacTavish died Dec. 27 in Florida at age 63. MacTavish had battled cancer in recent years and until this year trained a stable of young horses at Spring Garden Ranch.   MacTavish is survived by his wife, Nita, and brother, Duncan.   Visitation will be held from 5-7 pm on Saturday, Dec. 29, at the Lankford Funeral Home in Deland, Fla., with the funeral se...
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Pacer at White Birch under quarantine after bit by rabid raccoon

on 12/28/2007 12:00 AM
Master Hotspur, a 3-year-old gelding pacer stabled at White Birch Farm in New Jersey has been placed under quarantine after he was bitten Wednesday morning by a rabid raccoon. The horse was in a field at White Birch at about 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday when it walked up to the raccoon and subsequently was bit on his nose. The adult female raccoon was captured and euthanized, and tested positi...
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HHI to honor Parenti, Harvey, Cramer

on 12/28/2007 12:00 AM
Anthony J. Parenti, Ellen Harvey and Carol Cramer will be honored for their service to the Standardbred industry by Harness Horsemen International during its annual meeting March 2-6 in Deerfield Beach, Fla. Parenti, the former longtime president of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey, will receive HHI’s Man of the Year Award. Harvey, executive director of t...
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Cohen\'s Wire To Wire wins Hervey Award

on 12/28/2007 12:00 AM
Andrew Cohen, a legal analyst and journalist by day, rediscovered harness racing a couple of years ago and turned his critical eye on issues that he feels the industry should confront, and combining his passion for racing and his training as a lawyer, he offered the \"Commissioner\'s Inaugural Address,” the winning entry for the 2007 John Hervey Award for news writing and commentary, it was...
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Meadowlands replay show moving to SportsNet New York

on 12/28/2007 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands nightly replay program Racing From The Meadowlands will move to SportsNet New York (SNY) when the 2008 harness meet begins Jan. 2.The show will air at 12 midnight most racing nights, with a half-hour program Wednesday-Friday and hourlong show on Saturday. Each show recaps the night’s races and previews the following day’s action. In addition, the Saturday show regularly feature...
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WEG honored with Hervey Broadcasters Award

on 12/28/2007 12:00 AM
A video chronicling the miraculous recovery of a horrifically injured pacer who captured the heart of Canada has captured the 24th edition of the John Hervey Broadcasters Award, it was announced by the United States Harness Writers Association.   The Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) was honored with the first-place video award for its account of the injury, recuperation and eventual ...
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Talk Of The Tube takes Pompano trot

on 12/27/2007 12:00 AM
Talk Of The Tube, the lone mare in the field against eight male rivals, was able to give the fans something to talk about in capturing the $6,500 seventh race feature trot at the Isle Casino & Racing at Pompano Park Wednesday by a nose in a lifetime mark of 1:56.4.   The race started off with Cisco Hall and driver Tom Sells shooting to the early lead from the far outside in post n...
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Monticello, drivers donate to local charity

on 12/27/2007 12:00 AM
With Monticello Raceway\'s top drivers Jimmy Devaux, Bruce Aldrich Jr., Jordan Stratton and Greg Merton leading the way, a group of local reinsmen donated their driving percentages from four races on the Dec. 24 race card to a local charity and their total was matched by Monticello Gaming and Raceway. The recipient of the funds is the Love and Hope For the Children Foundati...
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